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Current Awareness 2018: July

General topics of interest

What is Current Awareness?

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research.

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About the Monthly Current Awareness Page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.



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Golden Oldies

Author:Tull, Denis M

Title: China's engagement in Africa: scope, significance and consequences

Source: The Journal of Modern African Studies 44, no. 3 (2006): 459-479

Keywords: China,Africa,marginalization,Chinese-African trade

Accreditation: Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET);IBSS

Abstract: China's vastly increased involvement in Africa over the past decade is one of the most
significant recent developments in the region. It appears to contradict the idea of
international marginalisation of Africa and brings significant economic and political
consequences. China's Africa interest is part of a recently more active international strategy
based on multipolarity and non-intervention. Increased aid, debt cancellation, and a boom in
Chinese-African trade, with a strategic Chinese focus on oil, have proven mutually …